Football fixtures across the country face being postponed following the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth.
Much of British sport has been put on hold as a mark of respect after the sombre news from Buckingham Palace.
The nation’s longest-reigning monarch – who served as head of state for more than 70 years – died “peacefully” at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96.
Arsenal, Hearts, Manchester United and West Ham all played their European games on Thursday, each team paying respect with a minute’s silence.
But other sporting events were abandoned or cancelled.
Northampton’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Saracens scheduled for Thursday evening was postponed, while it was announced there will be no play in England cricket’s Test against South Africa on Friday.
Play was also suspended for the day at golf’s BMW PGA Championship and there will be no play on Friday.
Horse Racing – the Queen’s lifelong passion – was scrapped at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday evening and the meetings scheduled for Friday – including the third day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster – were also cancelled.
Will the Premier League and EFL cancel fixtures this weekend?
The EFL have announced two fixtures scheduled for Friday night will now NOT take place.
Burnley vs Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers vs Stockport County are the matches that have been postponed.
A decision will be taken on Friday morning about the rest of the EFL and Premier League games scheduled to take place across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Premier League and EFL chiefs will hold talks with Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and other sport leaders about what to do before making an announcement.
A Premier League statement on Friday evening read: “The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family and everyone around the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”
And EFL statement read: “As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II earlier today, the EFL has confirmed that its fixtures scheduled for tomorrow evening (Friday 9 September) – Burnley v Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers v Stockport County – have been postponed.
“A determination regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will be made following a review of the official mourning guidance, in addition to further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.”
These are the games currently slated to take place across the weekend:
Premier League games:
- 10/09/2022 12:30 Fulham v Chelsea
- 10/09/2022 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v Brighton
- 10/09/2022 15:00 Leicester City v Aston Villa
- 10/09/2022 15:00 Liverpool v Wolverhampton
- 10/09/2022 15:00 Southampton v Brentford
- 10/09/2022 17:30 Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
- 11/09/2022 14:00 Arsenal v Everton
- 11/09/2022 14:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United
- 11/09/2022 16:30 Crystal Palace v Manchester United
- 12/09/2022 20:00 Leeds United v Nottingham Forest